Half-hour stories with many themes, including; horror, twists, black-magic, sci.-fi. .... Introduced by a puppet called "The Crypt Keeper". A cross between "The Twilight Zone" and modern horror movies. Not suitable for the very young or squeamish.Written by
This series began quite well but became disappointing.
"Tales from the Crypt" was a very good show from the first season to the third one. The 30 minute episodes contain some entertaining stories which are imaginative and well written. Sadly, it was mainly downhill from season 4 onwards. The episodes became poorly plotted and were quite difficult to follow. I was disappointed by the mediocrity that had set in as the shows potential quickly evaporated. For all of that, at least the production values for "Tales from the Crypt" are far better than average and that there are a few talented actors involved. People like Tim Curry, Timothy Dalton, Michael J. Fox, Dan Ackroyd, Kirk Douglas, Malcolm McDowell, Christopher Reeve, Leslie Phillips, Lea Thompson amongst others. The show isn't exactly subtle or thought- provoking in particular. The violence, sexual content and foul language are delivered in droves and all this reduces the overall impact. However, there is still room for a twist to the tale. "Rod Serling's Twilight Zone" and to a certain extent, "Night Gallery" demonstrate both of the above attributes. The opening credit sequence is very well done because it is quite spooky. The way the camera glides through an open gate, then entering a big front door and making its way to the crypt in question, gives the distinct impression of guiding the viewers against their will toward the creepy host of the series. I recommend "Tales from the Crypt" for its early episodes but not many others afterwards.
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